Aug 16

concretectonics WS 16|17


If tectonics in architecture can be described as the work of construction, perceived through the form, then material acts here as a medium between structural behaviour and its formal expression. And what if the material is not just assigned to geometry but is rather actively involved in its formation process? What if working with material processing and fabrication can lead to specific architectural effects, spatial configurations, and further to the new experience of form and space? We propose you to look at the material as a guiding force in the design of architectural space towards a new spatial experience.

The aim of the studio is to design and fabricate a full-scale spatial structure, which expresses structural, formal and material integrity. The course of the studio will embrace all stages of project development from material studies (within the block-seminar Active Concrete) through the transfer of findings into architecture-related features to the fabrication of a 1:1 scale prototype of a spatial structure. The students will start with a series of physical experiments, including material manipulation, explorations on formwork and fabrication techniques. Consequently, the findings will be evaluated, translated to design guidelines and further developed with digital design and fabrication methods. At the final stage, a 1:1 scale prototype of a spatial structure will be realised by the team on the campus.


Complimentary Seminar Concrete Active

The specific nature of concrete turning from an amorphous liquid state when casting to a solid state when hardened allows to reveal and work with its specific properties that can affect the volumetric and spatial features of concrete structures and serve as a guiding force for design.

This seminar pursues the aim to explore the potentials of concrete and broaden its field of application in architecture. In the course of the seminar, the students will develop methods to formalise their design intentions through the interaction between the material logic of concrete, as well as formwork and fabrication techniques. Starting with a series of material experiments, students will experiment within manipulation of such material properties as density, transparency or permeability, as well as test different formwork techniques, including frozen sand formwork method, recently developed in ILEK. Further, individual volumetric pieces will be developed and produced. The methods, developed in the course of seminar will be implemented in a design of a spatial concrete structure in the framework of design studio concreTECTONICS


Required Skills

Proficiency in one or more of the following fields is highly appreciated:

digital and parametric design (Rhino/Grasshopper/Kangaroo)

scripting (Python/VB)

computer aided engineering and manufacturing (GCode, CNC-Machining)


Preliminary Schedule

21.10.2016    presentation of studio and seminar and first meeting

18.11.2016     rundgang 1 and delivery of seminar work

15.12.2016     rundgang 2

09.02.2017     final rundgang


Registration in Advance

Since we can allow only a maximum of 10 students for both the studio and the seminar, it is highly recommended to sign up in advance to oliver.gericke(at)





Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr.-Ing. E.h. Dr. h.c. Werner Sobek


Dipl.-Ing. Oliver Gericke

Dipl.-Arch. Daria Kovaleva

Dipl.-Ing. Arch. Kaja Schelker

Dr.-Ing. Nicu Toader









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